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    August 23, 2010
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making news on this monday, august 23rd, a minor miracle in chile. dozens underground are okay. it could be months before rescued. >> dueling demonstrations over that proposed islamic center near new york's ground zero. we'll hear from the man at the center of the controversy. and the medical mystery of a high school football team. lessons to be learned about young athletes and unregulated supplements. good morning and thanks for being with us on this monday. well, it is a day of celebration in chile. 33 miners trapped underground
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for more than two weeks have been found alive. >> the men will be able to get food and water through a small hole that's been drilled into the mine, but it could take months to carve out a tunnel big enough for all the men to finally be freed. john hendren has details. >> reporter: they were trapped underground for 17 days with what was thought to be enough food for two. then a probe lowered into the mine re-emerged with a handwritten note in shocking news. "we are fine, the 33 of us in the shelter" said the note read by chile's president. the video shows the men alive inside the mine. >> it's absolutely a blessing. i mean it is amazing that they've survived this long. >> reporter: as relatives gathered on a nearby hillside to plant 33 chilean flags came the bad news. >> it will take a couple of months at least because we have to drill over merritts of rock and that will take some time. >> reporter: four months, in
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fact, meaning the miners are expected to remain trapped until at least christmas. still mining officials say it is astonishing the miners were able to make it to the shelter but the mine's owner faces tough questions. >> fortunately they were working in the north part of the mine that was isolated of the main collapse of the mine. in this case, there was a lot of mistakes which we corrected. >> reporter: this woman says she knew her husband was still alive. >> they drilled a borehole that they can continue to lower food and water to them and have some communication with them and that's important that that will help keep those guys' spirits up. >> reporter: the hole is too small for the men to pass through. the challenge, to dig a tunnel wide enough to get them out, an ordeal that could leave them underground until next year. john hendren, abc news. china is seeing its worst flooding in more than a decade. at least four people have been
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killed and more than a quarter of a million have been evacuated in northern china in long a river there. they've been deployed to build sandbags against the rising water. satellite images from nasa show how pakistan's epic flooding has actually reshaped the indus river which crosses the entire country. those floodwaters are now reaching the southern part of the country forcing even more people to seek higher ground. food and supplies are scarce despite offers of $800 million in aid from donors around the world. a heated debate over the islamic center planned near ground zero led to angry protests over the weekend. police kept supporters and opponents apart. >> the religious leader at the center of the controversy says the protests are a good thing because they could bring greater understanding of islam. imam feisal abdul rauf is on a state department visit to the u.s. lara setrakian is reporting from bahrain. lara?
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>> reporter: good morning, rob and vinita. imam feisal abdul rauf, the man at the middle of the mosque controversy, spoke out yesterday and defended the proposed islamic cultural center near ground zero. a group of young arabs in bahrain, here's some of what they had to say about his talk. >> yeah, actually when he was talking we were looking at each other and nodding. we thought what he was saying we relate to. >> having an american imam and he's a muslim that does really improve the image of america and the muslims of america. >> reporter: now, imam feisal was brought here by the state department specifically to promote u.s./muslim relations and mutual understanding. >> with god's help, we shall pass this stormy season that we are now going through. >> reporter: he did address the furor over his islamic center, saying the fact that it's getting this much attention is a sign of success. rob and vinita? >> that again was lara setrakian reporting from bahrain. iran's president unveiled
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his country's new bomber aircraft calling it an ambassador of death to iran's enemies. the 12-foot-long unmanned drone is said to be able to carry up to four cruise missiles. its range, 620 mile, not far enough to reach israel but the president says the rocket is for defense and deter enemies from striking first. now to an abc news exclusive. we've learned that security measures at airports are often being bypassed by the very people who work there. pierre thomas has the story. >> reporter: in this exclusive surveillance video obtained by abc news, two american airlines employees are about to commit a crime. the driver of the baggage car pulls up on the tarmac at jfk airport in new york. moments later, another airport employee arrives in another truck, retrieves a package and is quickly on his way. that's heroin in the bag. security breached in one minute's time by the airport's own. if you thought that nine years after 9/11, that corruption at the nation's airports has been
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rooted out, think again. just last week at miami international airport, eight cargo workers were charged with being a part of a conspiracy that smuggled half a ton of cocaine and heroin from central and south america to u.s. streets on scores of flights. >> they knew how to exploit that system because they worked there. >> reporter: and corruption at the airports is not just confined to narcotics smuggling. a mechanic at l.a.x. in los angeles used his security badge to slip illegal immigrants into the country. a ground supervisor at chicago's o'hare was willing to illegally ship rifle scopes, military-grade night-vision goggles and cash overseas in exchange for bribes. illegal immigrants have been caught working at secure locations at dulles international airport. federal customs officials fear the corruption of airports might one day be exploited by terrorists to sneak operatives and bombs into the country. >> just because they were smuggling drugs doesn't mean they weren't willing to smuggle something else. the results at the end of the
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day could be disastrous. >> reporter: law enforcement sources tell us, vetting the thousands of workers at international airports remains a huge challenge, one with enormous implications. pierre thomas, abc news, washington. travit is churning in the atlantic and could strengthen to a hurricane. danielle is still on track to threaten bermuda over the weekend but not expected to come ashore in the u.s. this morning's weather from around the nation. another wet day in the northeast with light rain from boston to washington, d.c. showers from new orleans to jacksonville and up to the carolinas. rain from the dakotas to nebraska. thunderstorms in new mexico, colorado and arizona. 108 in phoenix. 97 in sacramento and 77 out in salt lake city. 80s from fargo to detroit and a scorching 107 in dallas. 69 meanwhile, in boston and 73 here in new york. and when we come back on this monday morning, all the business news including the new credit card rules.
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just what do they mean for consumers. plus the latest on the massive egg recall and the man whose businesses are in th
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and time now for a check of market activity starting overseas. tokyo's nikkei average was down more than 60 points today. hong kong's hang seng is lower in late trading, and in london the ftse opened higher. wall street starts the day with the dow jones industrials at 10,213 after dropping 89 points
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last week. the nasdaq also lost 89 last week. it opens this morning at 2179. new rules to protect credit card users are now in effect. the regulations were designed to stop hidden fees and constantly changing rules from adding to credit card bills. banks now can't raise interest rates without explaining why. the rules also cap most penalties at $25 and get rid of double penalties. the obama administration is looking to save up to $30 billion by overhauling 26 troubled federal technology projects. the office of management and budget says the projects are either overbudgeted, haven't worked as expected or both. one example, $2.8 billion project to upgrade the treasury department's computers that can't support newer internet technologies. well, there is nothing expendable about sylvester stallone's latest hit. "the expendables" took in 35 million at the box office this weekend for its second straight week at number one. the twilight spoof "vampires
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suck" was number two, "eat, pray, love" was number three. >> when we come back this morning, some strong wind leaves thousands in utah in the dark. the oregon football team that's been sidelined. what brought seemingly healthy kids to their knees and even what brought seemingly healthy kids to their knees and even forced some eyes.
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thousands of people remain without electricity in the salt lake city area following a fierce windstorm there. 70-mile-an-hour wind gusts toppled trees and power lines and ripped off shingles and siding at one apartment complex. remarkably, though, no reported injuries. time fora look at your morning road conditions. flooded highways from upstate new york into central vermont. i-95 from boston to washington, d.c. and from the carolinas to florida, slick on i-10 along the gulf coast. wet and windy on i-94 from bismarck to fargo. >> airport delays in denver, boston, philadelphia, new york
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and washington, d.c. and now to that recall of some half a billion eggs. two giant iowa farms are now linked to the salmonella scare and at least 1,300 illnesses. >> investigators are looking at one egg farmer who has a long history of regulatory violations. here now is david kerley. >> reporter: as federal investigators examine seven hen houses in iowa for the source of salmonella, new details about the man behind the biggest egg recall in years. >> when i've seen things about an egg operation, it's often about him. >> reporter: he is austin jack decoster, owner of wright county egg, which has recalled 380 million eggs. decoster started in the egg business 60 years ago at the age of 15 to support his family after his father's death. but he's had serious run-ins with regulators paying $10 million in fines and settlements in the past 15 years. >> last year, mercy for animals conducted an undercover investigation at a decoster egg
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farm in maine. >> reporter: the most recent, this video led to animal cruelty charges in maine last month, $130,000. in 1997, $2 million for health and safety violations leading then secretary of labor robert reich to call decoster's operation as dangerous and oppressive as any sweatshop. decoster has invested in several other egg operations and has ties to both companies involved in this recall. hillandale which recalled 170 million eggs leases land, shares a feed supplier and bought young hens from decoster's company. experts tell abc news don't be surprised if this recall spreads to other brands. that's because some the eggs produced in iowa may have been commingled with brands that haven't been named in the recall so far. david kerley, abc news, washington. a new study finds long-term health problems for the most vulnerable victims of hurricane katrina. children who lived in emergency trailer parks or hotels for long peers are far more likely to
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have serious emotional issues. at least 20,000 of those children still have emotional disorders or behavior problems or don't have a permanent home, they say. the remaining members of the hospitalized oregon high school football team are expected to be released later today. 19 athletes suffered muscle damage after some intensive practice. three had to have surgery. officials said the cause was still a mystery but all the players had high levels offage enzyme known as ck. >> i was just kind of shocked this happening to us. like we were dropping like flies from practice. >> one day my arm started hurting and started swelling up and ten minutes before or at the end of practice i had to go to the hospital. >> almost always it's due to overuse and many can be from a practice or exercise regime. muscles are allowed to expand about 20% of their size before we have a problem. many potential variables can have occurred to increase that
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muscle size to cause a potential nerve or vessel injury. >> reporter: doctors are now investigators whether muscle building supplements like creatine which is common among high school athletes helped lead to this. blood test results are expected tomorrow. now for some professional football players and good-bye to one of baseball's good guys. here's espn news. good morning, i'm steve weissman with this espn news update. the program guide said minnesota versus san francisco. but everybody tuned in for the debut of brett favre. taking on the niners first quarter, first play from scrimmages. favre, the screen pass to adrian peterson. peterson with three catches for 25 yards. this one went for a first down. the favre said he wasn't looking forward to getting hit. second and 13 at the minnesota 40, watch out. here comes patrick willis right up the middle. take another look. the niners coming with the blitz and favre goes down hard.
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finished 1 of 1. played just one series had four plays second quarter, first and ten at the niners' 33. tavaris jackson backup showing his wheels scrambles for 13 yards, leads to a vikings field goal down 7-3. second and eight at the niners' 47. jackson gets sacked as well taken down by traction le boyd. he would finish 7 of 11 for 43 yards. move to the third quarter. niners still up 7-3. nate davis out of ball state avoids the pressure and goes way up top to ted ginn jr., big season acquisition for the niners leads to another field goal and niners win by a final of 15-10. in baseball, cubs hosting the braves. lou piniella announcing his retirement after sunday's game. top of the fourth braves down 1. omar enfonta, 4 for 6, four
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ribbies. a two-run shot here. 4 for 4. also 4 for 4. braves win, 16-5. a bittersweet ending for lou piniella. and that's your espn news update. i'm steve weissman. back to you in new york. well, mexico is holding an explosive new guinness world record thanks to thousands who blew their tops at the same time. >> it is the largest number of simultaneous erupting mentos geysers, 2,433 to be exact. organizers said the trickiest part was to get them to drop them into bottles of soda all at once. >> the stories we'll be following today including those miners in chile underground but okay. and those affected by the oil in the gulf have a new place to make a claim today. ♪
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the country forcing dozens more towns and villages to evacuate. a new claims office for those affected by the bp oil disaster in the gulf opens today. the $20 billion compensation fund that's been established will be administered out of that office. federal vestigators are looking closely at the owner of an iowa farm at the center of that massive egg recall. austin jack decoster has a long record of regulatory violations. >> vice president joe biden visits the midwest today. in indianapolis he is addressing the veterans of foreign wars about iraq and afghanistan and heads to a chrysler plant in dleed dough to discuss efforts to strengthen the nation's auto industry. and conrad murray, michael jackson's personal doctor has a court hearing today in los angeles. he has been charged with involuntary manslaughter for giving jackson a fatal dose of anesthetic. coming up later today on "good morning america," new details about that fatal seaworld attack six months ago. >> explosive charges from a whistle blower there when a
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see who is keeping an eye on the kids this summer. >> camp counselors have traditionally been limited to high school and college age students but a camp in massachusetts is employing some with much longer resumes. john berman explains. >> reporter: ah, summer camp. swimming and softball, canoeing and crafts. a kingdom of joy for all kinds of kids. kids like ross halleran, age 73. >> i'm the biggest kid in the camp. >> reporter: well, not quite the biggest. that title might go to judy schreider, age 92. >> i love it. i just love it. every part of it. >> reporter: they're part of the remarkably -- let's call them seasoned staff -- at the rivers day camp outside boston. charlie rose, sailing at age 69. >> who's next? >> reporter: his wife sandy at swimming, age 65. jim dancy, shop, 78. while most camp counselors
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around the country are high school and college age, at rivers, only half are younger than 25. >> we don't want children to take care of children, and we want to give the kids an experience of having counselors of all ages. >> reporter: including his mother judy who's been teaching woodworking for 20 years. she has an idea why older counselors can sometimes be better counselors. >> they've been doing the same thing over and over and over again. they see how happy you can make a child. >> reporter: what do you think about judy? >> she does good sanding. >> reporter: she does good sanding? really good sanding? ross used to pitch in the minor leagues for the red sox. he may have lost a little off his fastball. >> i think if you stay around young people you stay young. >> reporter: is it hard to keep up with the kids. >> at the end of the day i sleep good, real good. >> reporter: it will probably get easier for russ once he gets to be judy's age